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AN IRISH.  TRAGEDY
forever unshaken as the greatest mathematical contribution to
science since the Principia of Newton.
His early work, on which his imperishable glory rests, lie
came to regard as a thing of but little moment in the shadow of
what he believed was his masterpiece. To the end he was
humble and devout, and wholly without anxiety for Ms scien-
tific reputation. ;I have very long admired Ptolemy's descrip-
tion of his great astronomical master,- Hipparchus, as dvyp
6tXo7rovos KO! </>iAa\7)dy$; a labour-loving and truth-loving
man. Be such my epitaph.'